Tuesday, December 19, 2006

33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team "Golden Cross"

After a year of reorganization and hard work, Illinois has it's own separate modular Infantry Brigade on-line. Most of the units existed prior to the re-org and some have lineage going past the Civil War to the Blackhawk War where Abe Lincoln fought in the 2-130 Infantry Battalion as a Militia Captain. We share the Patch and history of the 33rd Division which fought in WWI and in the Pacific in WWII. I serve the 1-178 Infantry Battalion which was an historic Black regiment from Bronzeville in Chicago which had to fight alongside the French in WWI because Pershing did not want them. They then fought their way up the boot in Italy in WWII. We fought for old man Daley in Grant Park in 68'.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have always been a little jealous of the continuity available to Army, MArine and Air Force units. The Navy lacks the ability to trace a unit's lineage back to it's origins. Despite the fact the the CONSTITUTION is the oldest commissioned vessel, the combat lineage can not be linked.

9:02 AM  
Blogger CSMBones said...

History is very important to a unit. The U.S. military doesn't have any near the history as some of the regiments of our european cousins. My Father did fly off of the USS Yorktown in the 1950s. I always thought it was very cool that the Navy built another Yorktown after they lost the first to the Japanese in the Pacific. That is how lineage can be carried on. When a ship is lost or scrapped, thay should name another.

10:45 PM  
Blogger RTO Trainer said...

Congratulations and outstanding, Sergeant Major.

Of course, your 33rd and my 45th, along with teh 48th (GA) and 218th (SC) are all part of the Modular 35th Division.

I've been thinking of doing a series of posts on Army Degrees of Separation illustrating the links between units in history.

10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ship renaming has faded from view as each successive ship now bears the name of the repsective political supporter - note there are NO carriers named after POST 1970s democrats.

12:11 PM  
Blogger Major John said...

Who in the Hell would step foot on a USS Jimmy Carter?!

8:23 AM  

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